Home Safety Tips

Don’t Forget to Check Your Fire Extinguisher This Month!

Having a working fire extinguisher in the home is something that most people don’t really think about until they actually need one.

Sadly, since the average person is not going to need their fire extinguisher, they typically forget to see if it’s still actually working and in viable condition. Most home owners or renters find out the hard way that their fire extinguisher isn’t working, only when they need to use it to put out a fire.

If you have a fire extinguisher in your home, and you’re not sure that it’s working, this article will provide you with several tips that you can use to confirm that you do indeed have a working fire extinguisher.

How to Check Your Fire Extinguisher

Check the pressure – Every fire extinguisher has a button on it that’s a test indicator which will check the pressure of the fire extinguisher to verify if it is within the correct range or not. Simply press this button and you will find out within seconds if your fire extinguisher does have the correct pressure.

Look for damage – If your fire extinguisher has never been used, and you’ve had it for years, another thing that you must do is check your fire extinguisher for damage or visible signs of rust or dents because these are signs that your fire extinguisher should be replaced.

Clean the fire extinguisher – Last of all, but most importantly, you will also want to clean your fire extinguisher and make sure that it’s not covered with dust, dirt or debris from inside your home because this could affect its performance when you need to use it.

During the process of cleaning your fire extinguisher you should also be paying close attention to the label or paper tag on the fire extinguisher because, if it’s more than 15 years old, and you’ve never had to use it, you should absolutely consider investing in a new fire extinguisher for your home.

January is a great month to check your fire extinguisher because it’s the perfect time to get things done what you may put off doing for the rest of the year. Besides checking your fire extinguisher, you should also inspect your HVAC unit, roof, plumbing and electrical to confirm that all major systems inside your home or in proper working order.

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